Apple Maps is getting its own Google-style Street View
Hopefully, it won’t try to navigate you off a cliff.
Announced today at WWDC 2019, Apple Maps is going to suck less in the future.
The new redesign is much more detailed, with three-dimensional views, and a better UI for navigation.
Just look at the glorious new Apple Maps map
Remember all those reports of self-driving Apple cars? Apparently, those weren’t self-driving at all, but LiDar-equipped vehicles out scanning the roads to make Apple Maps suck less.
According to Apple, 4 million miles of roads were driven to rebuild the basemap. Those scans are part of the reason the new update to Apple Maps might actually be a viable option again.
Also due to those scans, is a new “Look Around” mode, which is Apple’s version of Google Street View. Tapping on the map will let users see a 360-degree picture of that location, assuming it’s somewhere that the team doing the scanning already drove past. No word on how widely this will be rolled out as yet.
Hopefully, the redesigned Apple Maps doesn’t repeat any of the epic fails of the past. The new map is available in select cities and states, with all of the US getting the update by the end of the year. More countries will be added to the updated Apple Maps experience in 2020.
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